He was wanted by Manchester City at the time and there was real belief the England international could be poached from their fierce rivals.
Rooney made it clear trophies, not money, was behind his decision.
Over a decade ago, he said: “I met with David Gill [United’s chief executive] last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.
“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.
“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.
“It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract.